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Anyone use Smith Red Sensor Mirror lens?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I want to buy the I/O and would like to get the platinum mirror.  However, the platinum mirror only comes paired with the red sensor lens instead of the regular sensor.  I've read so many great things here about the regular sensor lens but almost nothing about the red sensor.  Has anyone used the red sensor or compared it to the regular sensor?

post #2 of 16

They are pretty much the same as blue sensor mirror, just not quite as good in very flat light. But.. they look cooler. :)

post #3 of 16

and come with better looking frames.  but SpknMike nailed it.

post #4 of 16

I have (amongst others) the red I/O frame with the Red Sensor mirror. Too cool.

 

The green / green is also pretty steezy.

post #5 of 16

Andrew, I have both in stock now if it would be possible for you to stop in and take a look in person.  If you're in or near the SL valley, we're about as centrally located as it gets.  Let me know if I can help with your selection.  :)

 

Brian~

post #6 of 16

Green/green is the tits!  but I still prefer the blue or the gold sensor.....

 

 

BTW- new goggles are fast becoming the new standard.....

http://www.smithoptics.com/products/#/Snow+Goggles/IO+Recon+Vaporator/

post #7 of 16

Here is a quick "as worn" comparison between the two lenses.

 

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Note the more visible color shift in the periphery of the red sensor mirror.  It is difficult to tell from a casual glance, but I'm not 100% convinced the base lens tints are identical after all.  Regardless, the older Sensor Mirror (blue) seems to have a more consistent visual appearance when looking through the lens as is shown above, and also tends to have a more yellow/melanin tint base.

 

The best way to decide is to physically try them on before you buy if at all possible.  That way you'll be able to determine for yourself, what feels most comfortable.

 

Bri~

post #8 of 16

It appears you sample picture lens' still have the protective covering on them.....  The blue does a better job in low flat light. the gold mirror does provide a slightly better contrast than the blue but this is not as useful in the open terrain. If you cant try out go with the blue, you won't be sorry.

post #9 of 16

Yes, they do still have their backside protective films intact - we leave them for the patient to remove.  However, as they are clear, the color cast isn't affected for comparison purposes here.  The gold sensor mirror (which I don't have stock in hand at the moment) should skew colors towards the green/blue slightly.  This is a very comfortable feeling color to many people, though may not be an optimal choice for flat light as you mention.  I don't know about the contrast statement above, as I haven't had a pair on to compare against.  Yet...  :)

 

B~

post #10 of 16

the blue is the still the best out there.  The film just makes the image not nearly as clear and sharp as it is without it.

post #11 of 16

Agreed.  People please remember to remove all film from goggle lenses prior to initial use!!  beercheer.gificon14.gifcool.gif

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you for posting the photos Brian.  The two lenses look very different from the wearer's perspective.   

post #13 of 16

They do indeed.  Remember that any goggle lens that uses the multi-chromic mirror (different color in the middle from the edges or tops and bottoms) such as the Smith Optics Sol-X Green& Red, Sensor Mirrors (Red & Blue), most all of Oakely's Irridium line, Zeal, Anon, Dragon, Electric...they will all affect the final color cast of your visual field in a variable way as the eye moves across the back of the lens.  For many folks, this isn't a problem - but for some, it can be quite disconcerting.  There is of course the steezy variable to take into account with the various mirrors when you're turning heads at your favorite mountain, and for some, I expect this is the main driving force when looking at a given goggle frame/lens color combination.  Best rule of thumb with these lenses would be to try before you buy whenever you can if you have any question as to the comfort of vision once you're at the top of the run.  Make sure they look cool from the outside of course, but also that the visual experience is what you expect from the inside looking out as well.

post #14 of 16
Uilleann-

I got a pair of smith I/o7 for Christmas with green sol-x and red sensor lenses and they're driving me nuts. They look boss but how can any one deal with the change/gradation in lens color. It's like skiing in a psychedelic world. This is the only place on the web I've found where someone addressed it. I contacted smith and they said it was due to the mirroring and shrugged it off. Do most people not notice it or just not mind it?
post #15 of 16
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Uilleann-

I got a pair of smith I/o7 for Christmas with green sol-x and red sensor lenses and they're driving me nuts. They look boss but how can any one deal with the change/gradation in lens color. It's like skiing in a psychedelic world. This is the only place on the web I've found where someone addressed it. I contacted smith and they said it was due to the mirroring and shrugged it off. Do most people not notice it or just not mind it?

 

Most people don't notice, but I do.  I can't use the blue sensor mirror.  I recently purchased the new yellow sensor mirror. I'm happy to report it is consistent across the lens. The ignitor mirror and rose platinum mirror lenses both have consistent tint.

post #16 of 16
I noticed the blue sensor having I think it is greenish snow peripherally, but rose straight ahead. Got used to it. Something to do with the angle of my eye in relation to the surface of the lens I'm looking through.
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